The Pentagon said Thursday that the U.S. military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, at the direction of President Donald Trump.
Talk about a difference, President Trump isn’t playing around not even one tiny, little bit. This administration is the polar opposite of how Barack Obama conducted business, allowing Iran to virtually walk all over us at every given opportunity. Mere days after pro-Iranian militia attacked the US Embassy in Baghdad, President Trump has ordered a precision strike on the top Quds Force general, and now he’s dead.
Of course, the only problem this raises now is that war with Iran is becoming an ever-increasing and high likelihood. We’ve been telling you for months that 2020 is going to be a wild and out of control type of year, and that is exactly what we have been seeing all week.
Pentagon says US airstrike killed powerful Iranian general
FROM AP NEWS: An airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran’s regional security apparatus, at Baghdad’s international airport Friday, Iranian state television and three Iraqi officials said, an attack that’s expected to draw severe Iranian retaliation against Israel and American interests.
The Defense Department said Soleimani “was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region.” It also accused Soleimani of approving the attacks on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this week.
A statement released late Thursday by the Pentagon said the strike on Soleimani “was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.”
Between 3 and 4 rockets hit the main road outside a military base next to #Baghdad Airport late Thursday night, according to initial reports. #Iraq‘s military @SecMedCell said the attack destroyed two vehicles and “wounded a number of civilians.” #TwitterKurds pic.twitter.com/XwGprv5i5e
— Kurdistan 24 English (@K24English) January 2, 2020
The strike also killed Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, or PMF, Iraqi officials said. The PMF media arm said the two were killed in an American airstrike that targeted their vehicle on the road to the airport.
Citing a Revolutionary Guard statement, Iranian state television said Soleimani was “martyred” in an attack by U.S. helicopters near the airport, without elaborating.
Finally! A president who supports the troops!
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) January 3, 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump, who was vacationing on his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, but sent out a tweet of an American flag.
Their deaths are a potential turning point in the Middle East and if the U.S. carried them out, it represents a drastic change for American policy toward Iran after months of tensions.
Tehran shot down a U.S. military surveillance drone and seized oil tankers. Meanwhile, the U.S. blames Iran for a series of attacks targeting tankers, as well as a September assault on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry that temporarily halved its production.
The tensions take root in Trump’s decision in May 2018 to withdraw the U.S. from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, struck under his predecessor.
A senior Iraqi politician and a high-level security official confirmed to The Associated Press that Soleimani and al-Muhandis were among those killed in the attack shortly after midnight. Two militia leaders loyal to Iran also confirmed the deaths, including an official with the Kataeb Hezbollah faction, which was involved in the New Year’s Eve attack by Iran-backed militias on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. READ MORE
Top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani Killed In US Airstrike On Baghdad
Iraq state television reports that Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani has been killed by a US air strike on Baghdad.
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